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Land Designations that Contribute to Conservation in BC - Spatial Data

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Published by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy - Knowledge Management
Licensed under Open Government Licence - British Columbia

Land designations that contribute to conservation are spatially-defined areas established through legislation or purchased for the protection of nature and cultural values, the conservation of biological diversity and ecosystem services and the management of natural resources.

Over 40 land designations were divided into three broad categories:

  • Protected Lands includes all Parks & Protected Areas and Other Protected Lands with the primary purpose of the long-term conservation of nature and cultural values.

  • Resource Exclusion Areas includes all designations that fully exclude one or two resource activities for the purpose of conservation.

  • Spatially Managed Areas includes all spatial designations managing or limiting development or a resource activity for the purpose of conservation, or a spatial management regime in place to preserve specified elements of biodiversity but where activity is still allowed to occur.

Land designations layers were combined into a single layer, with overlaps removed such that areas with overlapping designations were assigned to the highest conservation contribution category.

Data sources:

A list of the source datasets, including links to their sources, more information, and data processing steps is available here.

Details on methods are available here. Previous versions of the data are available here.

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information

Data Quality
Lineage Statement

Contact Information

NameAndy Teucher (businessExpert)
OrganizationMinistry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Sub-OrganizationKnowledge Management
NameEnvironmental Reporting BC (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Sub-OrganizationKnowledge Management

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Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2018-05-30
Record Last Modified 2018-08-14
Resource Status completed


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